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Saving the world from pointless e-mails [Dec. 23rd, 2008|03:19 pm]
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My Outlook Inbox at work, that I strive to keep to 50 messages or less...(don't get me wrong, technically there are more - but they've been carefully sorted into appropriate subject folders) I'm talking about active-still-haven't dealt with, e-mails.

Well, the Viking horde has landed. 531. Two weeks ago, 50. Today 531. And this is with me dealing and deleting as quickly as I can...when not stuck in Hanukkah rush hour. And I could be dealing with them right now, but after the month I've had, I'd rather spend the 15 minutes bitching about it. Because really 15 minutes will get me what, another ten gone? Is 431 going to feel as if I accomplished something?

But this is cathartic. And the world needs more cathars. Ideally, the Star Wars Cathars...but I digress.

See, what really has my panties in a twist...ow...is that so many of them are just pointless, time-wasting, copying me in on something I don't need to know, people who've forwarded problems that they've failed to explore properly in the first place, or other stuff that is just not helpful or needful.

So I propose this: we start charging for work e-mails. Doesn't have to be a financial charge -- just budget how many e-mails any one person should use in any given month. Each time you add someone to the CC line...that's an additional charge. Blind copying someone...that costs ten e-mails.

Waddya think? Wouldn't it be cool if people had to think/be thoughtful before they e-mailed you stuff?
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[User Picture]From: ferlonda
2008-12-23 08:48 pm (UTC)
I'm in. I love the Star Wars Cathars, too.
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[User Picture]From: thatliardiego
2008-12-23 09:07 pm (UTC)
I worked in a job once where the CEO of the organizations' way of both passing off work and covering his ass was cc'ing just about everyone with every e-mail he got. Suggestions, complaints, offers, anything.

Then, later on (it was an organization of about 26 people and a small hierarchy), he could say, "Well, I sent you that; what happened?" All he really did was chair the meetings and take long weekend jaunts to screw models on his rich friends' Mediterranean yachts, the fucker.

I lasted six months.
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[User Picture]From: mistressfetch
2008-12-24 12:41 am (UTC)
The work BCC's are the ones that kill me....I've set up filters in Outlook that automatically log emails that are bcc's, etc. When (if) I make it through the mire that is/was my email, well then I check those. If someone consider it really important they wouldn't of bcc'd me...

I love the Outlook mail rules function. If you need me to walk you through it to set up a mega filter system, let me know :-)
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